That time Barbara Lee and Paul Ryan tussled over race

Rep. Barbara Lee and new Republican House
Speaker Paul Ryan have history.

CONGRESS | DISTRICT 13 | “I congratulate Paul Ryan on his election as Speaker of the House today,” East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee said Thursday of the new Republican House leader.

In the statement, Lee encouraged Ryan to act against an Authorization of Military Force (AUMF), in Iraq and Afghanistan, currently on the speaker’s desk. Lee famously voted against the first AUMF in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks.

But, while she was gracious in her congratulation of Ryan to succeed Rep. John Boehner, the two have politically tussled in the past. In March 2014, Lee seized upon comments made by Ryan asserting absent black fathers were to blame for some “inner city” ills.

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular,” Ryan said at the time, “of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

Lee shot back that Ryan’s comments about poverty were a “thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated. Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.'”

Ryan reacted incredulously to Lee’s comments. “This has nothing to do whatsoever with race,” said Ryan. “It never even occurred to me.”

Nevertheless, history aside, few can imagine Lee–one of the most progressive members of Congress–and Ryan, a devout fiscal conservative, will ever see eye-to-eye.

Categories: AUMF, Barbara Lee, congress, house speaker, inner city, Iraq, John Boehner, paul ryan, race, Republican

3 replies

  1. By MW:

    Barbara Lee is one of the most important and prominent members of the Scamsocratic Party.

    {The leadership of the Scamsocratic Party is composed of sophisticated scam artists, in other words creatures such as Obama, Feinstein, Pelosi, and Eric Holder, and so forth, in other words the Scammers, and who pretend that they: one, are great liberals and wonderful humanitarians; and two, supposedly want what is best for the majority of the population, and especially the poor and the disenfranchised. However the leadership of the Scamsocratic Party, and including Barbara Lee, is well aware that the overwhelming majority of poor people, people on welfare, uneducated people, and people who have been constantly told and come to believe their problems are due to supposed racism (in other words the Scammees) vote Democratic, and while people who are successful and educated vote Republican in overwhelming percentages. So whenever the leadership of the Scamsocratic Party “informs”: the general public that it wants to improve things, to reduce the number of people on welfare, to increase the number and percentage of people in well paying jobs, and to reduce the crime rate, etc, do not forget to laugh.}

    However getting back to Barbara Lee specifically, since Barbara Lee is not merely a leading “liberal” in the leadership of the Scamsocratic Party, but is even a member of its craziest and sleaziest branch, in other words the Scams FraudsFIXso area branch, therefore she is an unusually strong believer in an “improved” version of “free speech,” in other words that no one should be allowed to say anything that might hurt the tender and sensitive feelings of the phonies who pretend to be liberals.


  2. By MW:

    In regard to phonies, parasites, scam artists, charlatans, and demagogues, but who pretend to be great liberals and wonderful humanitarians, I forgot to mention John Edwards and the Clintons, and which was unforgivable. In fact any list of the foremost phonies, scam artists, charlatans, and demagogues of the last several decades that did not mention John Edwards and the Clintons would be as ridiculous as a book on the most prominent generals of the US Civil War that did not mention Ulysses Grant and nor Robert E. Lee, or a book on major Western Alliance political figures of World War Two that did not mention FDR, nor Churchill, and nor Stalin.


  3. Barbara Lee speaks for the majority of us… don't MW


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